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Graduation with Distinction

Each department within the Pratt School of Engineering offers students the opportunity to earn Graduate with Departmental Distinction. This is essentially a senior thesis project, requiring research conducted through an independent study project, and a written and oral presentation, although specific departmental requirements for the written and oral presentation will vary. We view this program as an opportunity for students to conduct independent research under the guidance of supportive faculty members who are leaders in their field. Confirmation of Graduation with Departmental Distinction is awarded by vote of the appropriate engineering department.

To be considered for Graduation with Departmental Distinction, engineering students in biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering must have a 3.5 GPA and successfully complete a significant Independent Study project in his or her senior year. Departmental requirements for an oral presentation and written report vary somewhat. However, the results of the research project must be summarized in a formal written report and defended in an oral presentation before a committee of faculty members.

Contact the Departments for additional information.